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PhD stipend in dopaminergic and noradrenergic circuits responsible for attention and impulsivity

A time-limited 3-year PhD position at Laboratory for Molecular Neuropharmacology and Genetics, Department of Neuroscience is available as soon as possible. The aim of the project is to use advanced viral techniques to investigate how dopaminergic and noradrenergic circuits together controls key behavioral parameters such as attention and impulsivity with relevance to disorders like ADHD.


The PhD student will work with advanced viral techniques enabling project-specific expression of opsins (optogenetics), DREADDs (designer receptors exclusively activated by designer drugs, chemogenetics) and/or ion channels in mice to control neuronal activity. The mice will be analyzed in a variety of behavioral paradigms (e.g. 5-choice serial reaction time task).The behavioral analyses will be combined with in vitro analyses (e.g. immunohistochemistry, microscopy, electrophysiology, biochemical assays, pharmacological assays etc.)   


In connection with the appointment to the post, special importance will be attached to the applicant having the following professional and personal qualifications:


  • A Master’s degree in biochemistry, molecular biomedicine, human biology or in an equivalent area
  • Experience with viral expression techniques including generation and production of virus constructs (AAVs)
  • Experience with stereotactic injections in mouse brain
  • Experience with handling of genetic mouse models
  • Experience with mouse behavioral models relevant for neuropsychiatric diseases
  • Experience with microscopy and immunohistochemistry
  • Excellent communication skills, both written and oral
All highly motivated and ambitious candidates, regardless of their personal background and status, are encouraged to apply.

The position is offered for a period of three years and employment is governed by the Protocol on PhD Research Fellows signed by the Danish Ministry of Finance and AC (the Danish Confederation of Professional Associations). In addition to research activities, the PhD candidate will be expected – during the period of the stipend – to acquire experience in teaching and/or other types of presentations.


For further information, please contact Professor Ulrik Gether, e-mail:

You can apply by clicking Apply Now below.


The application must include following appendices:

  • A letter of motivation

  • A current curriculum vitae

  • Copies of relevant diplomas

  • A complete list of publications (if any)

The deadline for applications is 26 February 2018. Any applications received after this time will not be considered.


Application procedure

After the expiry of the deadline for applications, the authorized recruitment manager selects applicants for assessment on the advice of the Appointments Committee. All applicants are then immediately notified whether their application has been passed for assessment by an expert assessment committee. Selected applicants are notified of the composition of the committee and each applicant has the opportunity to comment on the part of the assessment that relates to the applicant him/herself. You can read about the recruitment process at 


The University of Copenhagen wishes to encourage everyone interested in this post to apply, regardless of personal background. 


The University of Copenhagen actively influences current and future generations through excellent research, education and co-operation. UCPH is one of the highest ranked universities in Europe and is Denmark’s oldest university, founded in 1479. Today, the University has 37,000 students and 9,000 employees affiliated across six faculties: humanities, law, natural sciences, social sciences, health sciences and theology.


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